Drunk jailed after flight diverted

Drunk jailed after flight diverted

A DISRUPTIVE passenger who told air stewardesses he deserved more champagne on board a flight has been jailed. 

The Jet2 flight from Leeds Bradford to Turkey was forced to land at Budapest airport after Heckmondwike man Toseef Qureshi, 35, began abusing cabin crew and passengers on board.

During the flight, Qureshi proceeded to down a number of alcoholic drinks and at one point shouted: “You need to listen to me. I deserve more champagne. I have been good. When am I going to get this champagne?”

Leeds Crown Court heard that not long after the flight took off for Antalya on August 29 he ordered two bottles of vodka, a bottle of champagne and asked for “wife beater”, which the crew assumed was Stella Artois, all of which he shared with a woman sitting next to him.

However, he then became abusive towards staff after they told him that other passengers had to be served first.

The captain made the decision to land in the Hungarian capital as he feared Qureshi posed a threat to the aircraft.

He refused to take his seat for landing and accused crew members of being racist, before calling a passenger a “fat bitch” and shouting at a child.

He was escorted from the plane and the flight continued to Turkey two-and-a-half hours late.  It cost the airline £6,500.

Glen Parsons, representing Qureshi, said his client had a phobia of flying after a car accident and had been drinking to help with nerves.

Judge Peter Collier QC jailed Qureshi, of Hawke Avenue, Heckmondwike, for four months.

He was also banned from Jet2.

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